English and Creative Writing | Videos and Interactive
Professor Andy Smith, award leader for Glamorgan’s MA Gothic Studies, gives a short lecture in how to read texts gothically using Bram Stoker’s Dracula as an example. What’s so funny about Count Dracula’s sense of humour? And why does his attempt at a joke backfire? See this video to find out…
Dr Kevin Mills, reader in English Literature at the University of Glamorgan, asks why we should study literary theory.
Dr Diana Wallace, head of English at Glamorgan, asks: “Why study English?” Also available as a podcast.
Professor Chris Meredith reads one of his short poems and talks about the inspiration behind it. He is the Subject Leader for undergraduate Creative Writing at Glamorgan and teaches on the MPhil in Writing. His most recent collection is The Meaning of Flight and his fourth novel will be published early in 2012.
Dr Diana Wallace, head of English at the University of Glamorgan, talks about how the historical novel, usually a female genre, allows women to write themselves into history.
Professor Philip Gross, the award winning poet and novelist who lectures on the creative writing degree at Glamorgan, reads one of his children’s poems and talks us through a creative writing exercise.
Senior lecturer Barrie Llewellyn talks about becoming a writer and shares one of her creative writing tricks.
Professor Andy Smith, who teaches on the MA Gothic Studies, uses Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to explore how the Victorian invention of Christmas centred on issues of family togetherness and a concern for others -notably the poor.
Alex, from Liverpool, wants to become a writer and is taking the English and Creative Writing degree at Glamorgan.
Gunita Sapa, a Creative and Professional Writing with TESOL degree student, talks about her love of writing, living in Cardiff and how Glamorgan’s TESOL qualification will allow her to teach English overseas.
The written word
A student’s view on why to study English at university, written as part of the professional writing course.
Try a series of exercises from the creative writing course, based around a vintage photograph.